Federal EmploymentGAO's Observations on H.R. 4719, the Federal Service Priority Placement Act of 1994 Gao ID: T-GGD-94-213 September 21, 1994
H.R. 4719 would direct the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to create an interagency placement program for federal workers who lose their jobs as a result of reductions in force (RIF). Although OPM now requires agencies to give priority to RIFed workers when filling positions through competitive appointments, H.R. 4719 would broaden this requirement to a governmentwide mandate. GAO fully supports the bill's goal of placing qualified RIFed employees in other federal jobs. However, several questions need to be answered. What types of appointments should the placement program cover and how might it affect agencies' other hiring goals? How much flexibility should agencies be allowed in selecting candidates? Are there other approaches to enhancing the placement program that should be considered?